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The possibilities of 52 weeks

What kind of projects have you followed where the author's goal is to teach someone something every week for 52 weeks? I'm particularly looking for the once a week format for a fixed amount of time. [more inside]
posted by jermspeaks on May 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Tablet piano instruction?

I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Learning composition by transcribing music?

I have read that John Zorn and Unsuk Chin, among others, learned music composition by transcribing music. Am I correct in thinking that this means copying an existing score? Is this a good way to learn music composition (and are there any others)? Does one copy the piece verbatim, or is there a strategy for targeting significant parts?
posted by myitkyina on Aug 26, 2013 - 11 answers

What are the "beginner pianist" cliche songs and melodies?

I'm looking to compile a list of those piano songs that "everybody" learns because they are simple, memorable, or good skill builders. Any genre is acceptable. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on Feb 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Where can I find music classes?

I live in Brooklyn and want to take classes on electronic music composition. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Oct 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me listen to miserable music in Spanish.

I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Sep 24, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I learn to play a song on guitar?

How do I learn to play a song on guitar? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Sep 18, 2012 - 13 answers

In a week or two, if you make the charts, the girls'll tear you apart

I want to learn to play an instrument. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 7, 2012 - 14 answers

I taught myself to "play guitar" using tabs, but now I would very much like to actually know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this?

I taught myself to "play guitar" (more or less) using tabs, but now I would very much like to ACTUALLY know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Apr 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Documentaries on inspiring music education

What are the most inspiring, exciting documentaries on music education? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Jan 11, 2012 - 11 answers

French language songs in Spotify

Calling all francophile music lovers: recommendations for modern french language songs. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Dec 11, 2011 - 53 answers

music with computers

I want to learn how to make electronic music. But I need to learn in a way that guides me...very...slowly...and directedly. (Also, as free-of-charge as humanly possible.) [more inside]
posted by threeants on Nov 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Jazz piano 101

First steps at jazz piano - how would you go about it? [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Oct 23, 2011 - 10 answers

help my mum play riffs

My mum is learning to play guitar. I am trying to find some software that would help her. I think a program that plays MIDI files would be good, so I am wondering what is a good one? But other ideas would be good too. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Jun 6, 2011 - 9 answers

If only 10-year-old me had insisted on lessons...

Did you start learning to play an instrument in your 20s? I guess I have this feeling like it's Too Late for me! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 6, 2011 - 57 answers

The Theory and Technique of Obtuse Electronic Music Textbook Writing.

Miller Puckette's The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music, as a textbook, seems obtuse and unrefined to me. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Apr 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Help make my musical journey a great one!

As an adult, I'm finally trying to explore my musical side. I'm leaning towards electric guitar and/ or piano. Lots of special details and questions inside! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Jan 21, 2011 - 31 answers

How do I teach my left-handed son how to play the guitar?

My son wants to learn guitar; I know how to play, but I'm a righty- he's a lefty. I'm looking for advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Jan 12, 2011 - 25 answers

There are more than three chords!?!

Looking for songs that are not too difficult to play and feature a guitar, bass and female vocalist. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Dec 9, 2010 - 22 answers

I hear people who do Morse code can do this too

I want my computer to play a note for each key I press on the keyboard while typing homework/chats/etc. Hopefully, eventually I will be able to listen to the notes and tell what is being typed. Is there a program that will let me do this?
posted by rebent on Nov 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Focusing on the concrete skills, rather than abstract, in C++

Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python is mentioned a lot as a great way to learn the Python programming language. Does something comparable exist for C++? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Jul 7, 2010 - 3 answers

What are your musical "aha" moments?

I've just recently started teaching music & I want to do a good job not just teaching the technical aspects, but really getting at musicality. What were your "aha" moments when you were learning music & how do you think you could produce those same flashes of insight in someone else? [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Jan 13, 2010 - 32 answers

Tell me your memorable, exciting learning experiences!

What are the most fun, memorable, interesting, exciting, and long-lasting learning experiences you have had? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Nov 20, 2009 - 25 answers

Help me find some good contemporary Spanish music to learn by?

Modern Spanish-language music to help a complete newbie? ... but I have some specific preferences based on what I like in French! [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Sep 17, 2009 - 8 answers

What are some really great music tutorial websites?

What are some really great "learn by example" music tutorial websites? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Sep 15, 2009 - 4 answers

I want to really understand the guitar.

How can I advance from being someone who plays the guitar to a real guitarist? I'm tired of the same old open chords and basic barres. How do I become a true musician on the instrument? Kinda long inside thingy. [more inside]
posted by Precision on Jul 28, 2009 - 22 answers

To me do really is a deer, a female deer ...

I just bought an ukulele, and I want to learn how to play it. Thing is, I know nothing about music in general. What should I learn? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Jul 23, 2009 - 32 answers

Please suggest some tunes for me to learn to play

What 5-25 songs should I learn that will be most likely to come in handy at bluegrass/old-time music jams? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Jul 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Online guitar instruction?

Is there a great, free website where a child with no prior experience can learn to tune and play her new guitar? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jan 13, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me learn Japanese via its music!

Help me learn Japanese via its music! [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on Jan 7, 2009 - 9 answers

What do I need to know about the hammered dulcimer?

I'm very curious about learning to play a hammered dulcimer. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Oct 18, 2008 - 9 answers

Piano sheet music - breaking the chains

How do I learn to play piano by ear? [more inside]
posted by JParker on Sep 27, 2008 - 18 answers

Looking for an e-guitar boot camp!

My wife and I are looking for a "boot camp" to learn to play electric guitar. Can you recommend any kind of retreats, workshops camps, schools, that offer intense one- or two-week e-guitar training in a pleasant, vacation-like surroundings? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Aug 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me create digital music.

I'd like to find some tutorials or general guides for editing and creating music on the computer. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Apr 10, 2008 - 6 answers

da dum dum tsssshhh

I wanna learn the drums... [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Nov 24, 2007 - 23 answers

Learn to play as an adult - piano or guitar?

Assuming no musical talent, which would be better for a n00b to try to learn - piano or guitar? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Oct 23, 2007 - 38 answers

Tell me what to expect learning the guitar later rather than sooner.

Tell me what to expect learning the guitar later rather than sooner. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Sep 12, 2007 - 27 answers

Foreign-language music, for fun and learning

Foreign-language music, for fun and learning [more inside]
posted by thumpasor on Mar 1, 2007 - 25 answers

Re-learning Piano without dying of Frustration

I'm re-teaching myself piano and need suggestions for drills, scales and other practice material. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Feb 15, 2007 - 12 answers

Which guitar for a beginner?

I'd like to buy a beginner's acoustic guitar. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Jan 20, 2006 - 24 answers

What is the best approach to learn how to play bass guitar?

What is the best approach to learn how to play bass guitar? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Dec 27, 2005 - 11 answers

Learning to play music on a keyboard

For the next few months, I would like to learn to play on a keyboard. [more inside]
posted by daksya on Jul 6, 2005 - 8 answers

Learning Upright Bass

Suppose a fellow has an interest in learning to play an upright bass. He doesn't have any illusions about being the next Mingus or William Parker, but enjoys the sound and feel of the instrument and would get personal enjoyment out of being able to play a few things. Further suppose that this fellow has very little money to invest in this endeavor. How would he go about learning?
posted by aladfar on Apr 15, 2005 - 13 answers

Looking for College Courses That Allow Students to Develop Their Own Music/Sound Art Projects

Sound Art/Music Tech/Interesting Music: Courses (MI) [more inside]
posted by lunkfish on Feb 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Got any suggestions for harmonica tunes I could learn?

I've just acquired a harmonica and would like to learn some tunes. Any suggestions? I know how to read music, if that helps, and my harmonica is in C.
posted by Orange Goblin on Jul 23, 2004 - 7 answers

Can you teach yourself to play the drums?

Any drummers out there? I've been wanting to learn to play the drums for a long time. I have a solid musical background - years of piano, saxophone, and guitar - and a good sense of timing. Without much spare cash for lessons, I'm wondering if it's possible to teach yourself to play. If so, any good instructional books/CDs/techniques? And what about a starter kit - features, brands, models, price range?
posted by gottabefunky on Jan 7, 2004 - 9 answers

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